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Framework outlining an approach for annually evaluating  community college performance, which became the basis of Accountability Reporting for the Community Colleges (ARCC).

Research study focusing on (1) who participates, persists, completes, and succeeds in the online setting and (2) what makes these online approaches work for students and faculty.

Technical assistance to the college’s current research and evaluation efforts in the areas of Student Cohort Tracking, Academic Support Evaluation, and Student Success and Equity Planning and Research, in order to improve student outcomes.

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Report with literature review identifying effective practices in basic skills, an institutional self-assessment, and an electronic tool to calculate return on investment.

Technical assistance to the Bay Area California Community Colleges Consortium (BACCC) to create data visualizations for workforce related data from the LaunchBoard and other sources to support the region’s planning efforts.

Multiphase evaluation of the Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative’s (BAWFC) investment in community college career technical education (CTE) bridge programs.

Multi-prong research study identifying effective practices of health occupations programs in order to improve recruitment, orientation, and other pre-program activities as well as to increase the effectiveness of early intervention and remedial student support services.

Toolkit featuring a literature review, a framework of strategies, and an institutional self assessment designed to assist two- and four-year institutions in strengthening financial stability and closing attainment gaps for low-income students.

Strengthened cultures of inquiry and evidence in the California Community College system through a combination of onsite technical assistance, statewide professional development, and online resources.

Facilitation of a series of student focus groups and sharing findings at a practitioner convening to understand the educational experiences of student populations identified in Cabrillo College’s equity efforts.

Evaluation of the effects of curricular redesign on the progress of students who placed into the remedial English and math sequence at 16 California Community Colleges.

Evaluation of initiatives designed to advance the effectiveness of the entire California Community College system including the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Common Assessment, Education Planning​, Online Education, and Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiatives.

Evaluation of the California Community Colleges Education Planning Initiative (CAI) designed to provide feedback on the development and implementation of an education planning and degree audit system for the state.

Evaluation of the California Community Colleges Education Planning Initiative (CAI) designed to provide feedback on the development and implementation of an online course exchange and related student support services for the state.


  • Quantitative analysis of the impact of GE courses incorporating high-impact practices at the community college level on student performance, and guidance on, and dissemination of, the final report.

Series of four inquiry guides documenting approaches and insights emerging from the Completion by Design initiative, focused on developing guided pathways to improve student completion and success.

Instructional strategy and multifaceted resource for practitioners — particularly CTE, math, English, and ESL instructional and counseling faculty — for teaching basic skills in a context that is meaningful and relevant to students' lives.

Online tool with a library of support resources enabling colleges to find, understand, and use CTE data in order to strengthen and improve student transitions from K-12 through college and into the workforce.

Regional workforce initiative that enables 11 community colleges to develop regionally articulated programs for dislocated workers or unemployed adults to earn degrees or credentials that enable them to enter the workforce in industries with growing occupational demand and opportunities for career and wage advancement.

Online toolkit offering a suite of resources to assist secondary and community college partners in launching or strengthening dual enrollment programs.

Report on effective practices for the successful transition of students from high school to college entry as documented in research-based literature.

Research brief that identifies the skills and competencies needed to effectively use LMI resources and assist practitioners in gathering local LMI.

Research on methods for improving weekly student contact hours forecasts for the CCCCO.

Overview documents that outline internal and external trends shaping the system’s future as part of the statewide strategic planning process for California Community Colleges.

Study on the effectiveness of the EOPS program in serving students with economic and/or social disadvantages.

List of Focus Group series involving students, staff, faculty, and/or administration, conducted by the RP Group to help colleges inform programs, equity plans, campus culture, and more.

Findings that assist in optimizing the accreditation process for true quality improvement.

Awards program recognizing seven California Community Colleges that demonstrated success with basic skills populations through strategies that support systemic improvement.

Set of tools in the area of Data Disaggregation across a variety of topics, including student equity and support, institutional effectiveness, and student learning.

Facilitation and dissemination of practitioner-informed recommendations for changes at the system and classroom levels, looking at the question of completion through the lens of course-taking behavior, based on a study by University of Michigan’s Peter Riley Bahr.

Evaluation of Long Beach City College’s Alternative Pathways to Engineering Education and Careers, a TAACCCT-funded project.

Assessment of the Metro model collaboratively designed and implemented by City College of San Francisco (CCSF) and San Francisco State University (SFSU) faculty to examine the question of how and if colleges could restructure pathways to transfer and completion in order to improve student outcomes and reduce costs.

Collaborative effort led by the RP Group and Educational Results Partnerships’ Cal-PASS Plus system to develop, pilot, and assess implementation of a statewide placement tool using a multiple measures approach.

Research conducted on prior learning assessment and competency-based education through a partnership between the RP Group, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, and the Moran Technology Group.

Literature review identifying a set of 18 promising practices that enable the successful transition of students from adult education to postsecondary education.

Study and findings that resulted in the foundation for the creation of the Community College Pathways for Foster Youth (CCP), a million dollar initiative funded by The Walter S. Johnson Foundation, the Stuart Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to assist campus programs in improving college and career outcomes for former foster youth at 10 California Community Colleges.

Evaluation assessing the effectiveness of San Jose State University’s faculty advisory pilot program.

Defining study on how community colleges can feasibly deliver support both inside and outside the classroom to improve success for all students, with a focus on African-American and Latino learners.

Study piloting and evaluating the utility of high school transcript data in predicting students' abilities to pass college-level English and/or math coursework.

 Multi-year, comprehensive study focused on helping California Community Colleges grow their capacity to utilize high school transcript data to improve the assignment of recent high school graduates to English and math coursework.


Research aimed at identifying strategies for increasing transfer among “high-leverage learners” in California Community Colleges — individuals who have completed all or most of their transfer requirements, but who do not make it “through the gate” to a four-year institution. 

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A Qualitative Study of Two- to Four-Year Transfer Practices in California Community Colleges: An Analysis of Seven Case Studies Featuring Colleges with Consistently Higher than Expected Transfer Rates

A cross-case overview analysis of seven case studies of colleges with higher-than-expected transfer rates including six transfer-promoting factors found at all of the colleges.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Outcomes Survey

Online home of the CTE Outcomes Survey, including the current survey instrument as well as how to participate in the study and use survey results.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Transfer Research Project: Improving Transfer Pathways for California Community College Students in CTE Programs

Journal of Applied Community College Research article on the infrastructure of CTE courses and programs that facilitate transfer from California’s community colleges, an analysis of student engagement with that infrastructure, and student and educator perspectives regarding factors that support and compromise transfer in career-oriented disciplines.

Contextualized Teaching & Learning: A Promising Approach for Basic Skills Instruction, October 2009

A brief document offering instructors, college leaders, policy makers, and funders a high-level summary of the contextualized teaching and learning (CTL) primer—focusing on core components for effective implementation and strategic considerations for colleges interested in starting or expanding CTL practices.

Contextualized Teaching and Learning: A Faculty Primer (A Review of Literature and Faculty Practices with Implications for California Community College Practitioners), Spring 2009

A report for faculty with little specific knowledge about contextualized learning (CTL) and basic skills; includes review of the literature and related learning theories and features 11 CTL practices from the practitioner perspectives.

CTE Launchboard

Library of tools including print and video resources as well as news about upcoming learning opportunities that enable colleges to find, understand, and use CTE data.

Dual Enrollment Toolkit Webinar

Webinar providing an overview of the toolkit and addressing questions about dual enrollment in California.

Literature Review Summary: CTE Transfer Research Project

Literature review addressing (1) the definition of CTE transfer, (2) the context for studying CTE transfer, (3) models that facilitate and support CTE transfer, and (4) factors that influence this transition.

Mapping the Transfer Landscape for California Community Colleges Quick Facts (Handout), October 2017

Printable two-sided 8.5” x 11” infographic displaying quick facts on high-leverage learners who are “near” or “at” the transfer gate and comparing them to transfer achievers who made it “through” the gate to university.

Mapping the Transfer Landscape for California Community Colleges Quick Facts (Poster), October 2017

Printable 12” x 24” poster displaying quick facts on high-leverage learners who are “near” or “at” the transfer gate and comparing them to transfer achievers who made it “through” the gate to university.

Mapping the Transfer Landscape for California Community Colleges, Through the Gate Transfer Study, Research Brief 1, October 2017

Key findings on “high-leverage learners” who are “near” or “at” the transfer gate (having completed most or all of their transfer requirements); quantifies how many students made it near, at, or through the gate over a recent five-year period; explores who they are, where they reside, and what the data say about leverage points for increasing transfer success.

Occupations Requiring Baccalaureate Preparation: A Review of Labor Market Projections

Overview of workforce projections focused on jobs requiring baccalaureate-level preparation including high-growth, high-demand and emerging occupations (based on 2008 data).

Phase I MMAP White Paper

White paper presented to the CAI Steering Committee, September 2014.

Placement Models for English, Math, Reading, and ESL Using High School Transcripts, May 2016

Summary of decision rules for placing students in English, Math, Reading, and ESL (Top Level L1) using high school transcript-based placement.

Plain Text Code for Segmentation Study, June 2012

Text that could easily be cut-and-pasted into statistical software to run the simplified rule set for sorting students into the classifications identified by Peter Riley Bahr in his analysis of student course-taking behavior.

Segmentation Model for Assessing Course-Taking Patterns: Research Methodology and Discussion Guide, June 2012

Simplified rule set for sorting students into the classifications identified by Peter Riley Bahr in his analysis of student course-taking behavior; includes sample discussion questions on how to use these results to build a deeper understanding of student course-taking behavior and its relationship to student success.

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The Engineering Transfer Experience: The Student View from the Beginning, Middle, and Completion of the Transfer Journey

Presentation highlighting key findings on the engineering transfer path (Engineering Liaison Council, October 2011).